Our learning and teaching programs provide a curriculum that is challenging, ever-changing and suited to the needs of each student. We utilise appropriate technology and engaging learning experiences to assist students in achieving their personal best.
In Years 7 to 10, students are engaged in studies with the nine key learning areas: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages (Italian and Japanese) and Technology (Digital, Design and Systems). Additionally, students participate in interdisciplinary learning through structured project days and events, as well as exploration of Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social Capabilities within the appropriate learning areas.
Our learning and teaching programs target students at their point of need through engaging activities. As students progress through their education they are offered opportunities to accelerate in a VCE subject or undertake a VET subject.
Further details regarding our program options can be found in our Course Guides.
Our Project Based Learning (PBL) pedagogical approach challenges students to investigate a real world problem that arises out of the Victorian Curriculum standards through the use of 21st century skills.
Focusing on building the ability of students to collaborate with each other, work within teams, use digital resources and communicate to an audience, PBL enables students to create and present products to a range of audiences.
We continually see the success of this approach through our student presentations and engagement, and the effective study and reflection skills evident within students when they reach the senior years.
Our membership of the New Tech Network of schools supports us in our endeavours to ensure our students are consistently challenged and supported in the development of their skills.
To find out more about how New Tech Network schools can help prepare students for further education and their careers, please read the research report linked below.
Our Year 7 to 10 Mathematics program centres around the Maths Pathway model. This model meets students at their individual point within their Mathematics learning journey and through high impact teaching strategies focusses on growth, effort and work habits within Mathematics. The program comprises multiple components that together encourage students to develop a growth mindset and become independent learners.
As a result, our Mathematics classrooms comprise a mixture of personalised learning and assessment, targeted explicit teaching, rich learning tasks and data-informed feedback and reflection through the use of digital and hands-on resources.
The Maths Pathway model sees a greater number of students achieving more than a year’s worth of growth within Mathematics than a traditional Mathematics classroom model.*
*Maths Pathway. (2019). 2019 Impact Report: Reimagining the maths classroom. Melbourne.
The College recognises that the VCE alone does not meet the needs of all students and therefore we offer alternative pathways. Vocational programs give students practical work skills which are accepted and accredited by Industry. Vocational Education and Training (VET) provides the opportunity for VCAL students to gain industry experience to prepare students for employment and further education. We offer a variety of VET programs on and off campus.
The following video is courtesy of VCAA, where Jack talks about his experience of studying VET Plumbing at Emmanuel College: